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audiences couldn't get enough of, the wicked, scheming j.r. ewing. the 81-year-old was reprising his role as j.r. in the tnt reboot of "dallas." you're not a kinder, gentler version of yourself? >> hardly. >> reporter: along with family his co-stars were at his side when hagman died in a dallas hospital friday, finally succumbing to the throat cancer he had been battling. in a statement, nbc co-star linda gray said "larry hagman was my best friend for 35 years. he was a pied piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. the world was a brighter place because of him." on the site of the real life south fork ranch outside dallas, fans mourned the loss of the tv legend. >> it's really sad to hear because his character made the show. >> reporter: hagman was also remembered for his role as major nelson in "i dream of genie." friday night barbara eden reminisced about her co-star. >> i am deeply saddened. he was a big part of my life, a glorious man, wonderfully talented. quite frankly, i thought he would go on forever. >> reporter: hagman was the son of broadway icon mary martin. he appea
" will be remembered for his character, j.r. ewing. he was as charismatic as he was evil. he was one of the most colorful and villainous characters on television. j.r. ewing. >> you'll find other ways to skin a cat. >> reporter: when larry hagman took the role on, it was only supposed to last a few weeks. but "dallas" became a hit and part of television history. in his last sitdown interview with wfaa, hagman revealed -- >> i thought we would get six shows out of this and walk away and go on vacation. >> reporter: no vacation, as hagman's character, the mischievous oil tycoon and his antics made "dallas" one of the biggest hits in the '80s. and recently, hagman and his co-stars were reunited as the show was retooled for modern times. >> i hate to hit a man below the belt. but you know i will. >> reporter: he also made the cowboy hat cool to wear. hagman died last night due to complications from throat cancer. the family released a statement saying, larry's family and close friends had joined him in dallas for the thanksgiving holiday. when he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. it was a pea
earnings from all sources. >> reporter: remembered as j. r. ewing with the swagger and grit, he was one of the world's most famous actors, during the height of dallas's popularity. >> who shot jr? how many parodies were that of that. >> the evil side, machiavellian plotting... >> reporter: fellow cast members released statements. linda gray, who was his on screen wife was with him in his final moments, he was creative, generous, funny and loving and talented and there could have been no j. r. without him. >> he left a legacy of being a top-notch villain and had the little laugh and he was relentless in his pursuit, he was just j. r. >> but i do! >> harris: too distraught to face the cameras, was barbara eden, and she recalls the texas tornado, a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality. >> harris: the come back of "dallas", a couple of seasons ago was so skeeuccessful and a season starts and i wonder how fans will handle his death and the story line. >> reporter: the writers are doing so, as well, harris, and "entertainment weekly" is reporting that he completed
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